AcA_emilioThe Fugro Chance Family Performance Series returns to the Acadiana Center for the Arts this week with the captivating puppetry of Mexico’s Marionetas de las Esquina. The troupe has been entertaining families since 1975, performing more than 11,000 shows in both English and Spanish, as well as conducting workshops and seminars while on tour. The company received the prestigious Mexican National Prize for Children’s Theater in 2006.

The intimate setting of the Moncus Theater at the AcA will provide the audience an up-close witness to the troupe’s heralded mastery of a centuries-old art form. Marionetas de la Esquina will perform Emilio and the Enchanted Cow at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 10-11. The story follows the title character as he invents an imaginary bovine companion in an effort to come to grips with the parents’ separation. The play is recommended for children ages 5-10. (Watch a YouTube exerpt from Emilio and the Enchanted Cow below.)

Seats for the AcA’s Family Performance Series are $15 for adults and $10 for children. A single-event “Family Forty FourPack” — four adults and four kids — can be obtained for $40 and a season pass for all four shows costs $54 for adults and $36 for children.

Upcoming performances in the series include “Playing by Air,” a “a joyful fusion of music, juggling, and circus” on Nov. 27-28; “Rock the Presidents,” a “a high octane, multi-media-filled musical revue spanning 223 years of the American presidency” on Jan. 17-18; and Sunjata Kamalenya, a theatrical production “production that chronicles the struggles of a boy destined to be the leader of the Mande people of West Africa” on Feb. 20-21.

To find out more or to obtain tickets, visit the AcA’s website here or call 233-7060.


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